Monday, May 11, 2015

Blog Tour: Black Rainbow by JJ McAvoy


Black Rainbow by J.J. McAvoy 
Publication Date: May 15, 2015 

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Synopsis: A sweet and steamy New Adult Romance from Amazon bestselling author of the Ruthless People series, J.J. McAvoy…
After an erotic one-week fling with a musician she meets in a bar, Thea Cunning never expects to see Levi Black again. Then Monday morning comes around, and she discovers that her former lover is not only her professor, but he’s also one of the top criminal lawyers in the state of Massachusetts. With everyone in class vying to be one of the twelve disciples—a group of twelve students that Professor Black takes under his wing—tensions run high. Thea considers dropping his class, given their passionate week together and their undeniable chemistry. After all, there are other (less infuriatingly sexy) law professors on campus. But to accomplish her goal and get her father out of prison, Thea knows she needs to learn under the best of the best—and that’s Levi Black. But can she learn under the best, without being under the best?
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5 Star Review by Trinette Dungee

I had met the woman of my dreams, and I’d fucked her all across the city….I took a step back from her. I couldn’t touch her… not after everything we had done together. I had screwed one of my students, repeatedly. Shit.
I had screwed one of my professors. Hell, I had licked honey off his chest!

WOW! When the two lead characters start a story off by describing each other that way, things can only get better….and better they did get.

When Thea Cunning and Levi Black meet one night in a bar it’s lust a first sight. When they both experience the best sex of their lives a one-night-stand turns into a one-week only thing. They will spend one week together, after that one week they part ways. However, when the two meet again in class, she’s the student he’s the teacher, neither is prepared to have their worlds turned upside down by their emotions.

Levi is a Legal powerhouse more importantly Levi Black is THE lawyer to learn from; he’s never lost a case. He teaches a law class where he choses twelve students to work with him during the school year, they are known as the “Twelve Disciples” and everyone especially Thea wants one of these coveted spots. Thea doesn’t just want a spot, she needs a spot; and the top spot is preferred since she is on a mission to save her father whose been convicted of a crime he didn’t commit.

I liked this book from the minute I started reading it. It’s like Suits meets How to Get Away With Murder with a little bit of House thrown in. I connected with both characters immediately. This was a book hangover book for me. Once I started I honestly couldn’t put it down. I absolutely love a book where the banter between the characters just flows. It wasn’t just that Thea’s and Levi’s banter flowed, it sizzled from the moment they met…

“I’m Levi by the way.”
“Nice to meet you, Levi,” I said trying not to seem interested. He was attractive, but I was more the type who’d rather look than touch. Yeah right.
“This is the part where you tell me your name.”
“Really? Do you do this often?”
“Do what?” he asked with a frown. “Sway women with your sultry music, then offer them a drink whilst staring deeply into their souls with your sexy green eyes, in order to get their names.”
“Sultry music? Sexy green eyes? Are you sure you aren’t the one that does this often?”
 He grinned so wide it was contagious. Damn him. “You’re good.”
“I’m sure you’re better.”

That was one of the sexiest exchanges I’ve ever read!
The banter between the two wasn’t the only thing that sizzled. The sex was pretty hot too. I loved the way they played off of each other. They both gave as well as they got.

“Scream my name,” I told her.
“Make me,” she challenged. She was perfection.

That pull that tug; that tit-for-tat…they never tried to hide their desire for each other from each other, it was pointless. Oh Thea tried but Levi was just too much of a pull for her. This is one of the few stories I’ve read where the neither of the characters made me want to smack them. Of course they did things that bugged me a little. Like Levi’s attitude towards their relationship. I loved that he truly wanted to be with Thea but at times I felt like he didn’t really get how much Thea had to lose. For him he might lose his teaching gig but he was the infamous Levi Black with his reputation in the Legal World, he’d end up on top. Thea on the other hand had so much to lose. She couldn’t afford to get kicked out of Law School; she needed to save her father.

Thea’s suffered a world of hurt in her life. She doesn’t trust easily, her circle is very small and she seems to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders. She has a sixteen-year old sister whom she wants to be a good role model for and an elderly grandmother that raised the two of them that she wants to make proud. Levi’s suffered his own losses. He suffered the ultimate betrayal by his ex-wife and former partner. He struck out on his own and worked hard to build his firm and reputation and his life’s a little empty although he would never admit it. It wasn’t just about the hot sex with these two; it was really about their connection. The comfort they felt with each other. They couldn’t have been more opposite but they just clicked. I loved how they talked about generational differences, him being an 80’s kid her being a 90’s kid (by the way, I didn’t even know there was a 90’s sequel to the Breakfast Club). I thought Thea was absolutely adorable when she became so passionate talking about The Great Gatsby.

Needless to say the two have their share of issues but you want them to make it, you wanted them to conquer the world together, you want Levi to help save Thea from herself, to break down her walls, to make her see she was worth any amount of effort…to just…love her, sigh. I think the part that really solidified how much I liked Levi was the conversation with his sister after he’d put Thea through one of the worst experiences and watched her have a semi breakdown.  

“I just want to go back to that week, everything was better that week,” I said, talking more to myself than to her. “I’ll call you later. I gotta go.” I hung up, and threw my phone away into the corner. When you find out that someone you care about was hurt, how do you help them? How do you help them after pouring salt on their wounds? I could admit it now; I cared about Thea. It had taken me an entire month to come this far, and I had pushed her away… maybe for good.

This was my first J.J. McAvoy read and I’m pretty sure it won’t be my last. I loved her style. It’s almost as if she told four stories in one book. There was the past Thea, the past Levi, the present Thea then the present Levi. Between these past and present Thea and Levi you get to see the two faces of Levi. The sensitive lover/loving man and the powerhouse lawyer both side were sexy as hell. At first I thought Thea remained consistent throughout the story with her walls up but she didn’t. Her vulnerability made her a little inconsistent which I liked. When she formed alliances with her fellow classmates that initially started off as her enemies, I felt like she grew up a bit. Granted the alliances formed because she was blackmailing them but eventually she was able to see their true selves and they hers.

To sum it all up, Black Rainbow was a very good read. It didn’t leave me wondering, pondering or rewriting in my head after I was done.

My favorite scene in the book, I took hold of him. His member stood hard and proud in my hands, throbbing with need, and his mouth parted slightly, as he let loose a low hiss. His thumb grazed my lips, then he slid his palm up to caress my cheek, his strong touch was firm against my jaw line. “If you take hold of that, you better know what to do with it.” I let go in order to push him back. He fell onto the bed and I sat up on top of him. “You better be able to handle it,” I teased…

Perfect example of that give and take quick banter that I love.
I do have one question for Ms. McAvoy…”Sharpay London?” Ugh what a name! LOL.

About J.J. McAvoy

JJ McAvoy
J. J. McAvoy first started working on Ruthless People during a Morality and Ethics lecture her freshman year of college. X number of years later, she is an insomniac who has changed her major three times, and is a master in the art of procrastination. If you ask her why she began writing, she will simply tell you “They wanted to get their story out.”
She is currently working on her next novel . . . so please bug her on Twitter @JJMcAvoy
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